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Streama building up to Sheraco return
Mathew Toogood
09:35 AEST Wed Aug 22 2012

NSW Horse of the Year Streama is doing everything right as she heads towards a potential first-up clash with the mare who was controversially denied the 2011-2012 award.

A NSW Racehorse Owners Association points system based on stakes wins and placings helped Streama beat Pierro and More Joyous for state title.

But revenge of some kind might not be too far away for More Joyous, last season's Queen of the Turf, Doncaster Mile and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner.

Both mares are a chance to clash in the Sheraco Stakes at Rosehill next month.

Streama made her first public appearance of the season with an easy barrier trial at Rosehill on Tuesday coming in at the back of a heat which featured fellow Group One winners Rangirangdoo and Shoot Out.

Trainer Guy Walter was content for Streama to have an easy hitout and has pinpointed the Sheraco Stakes (1200m) on September 15 as the Australian Oaks winner's spring return.

Gai Waterhouse has also earmarked the Rosehill race on Golden Rose day for More Joyous's first-up run.

"She was just having a quiet time in the trial and will trial again and then resume on the 15th (of September) in the Sheraco," Walter said.

"It's only early days still but I'm happy with her."

Streama's major spring aim is the Group One Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington.

Eight-year-old Rangirangdoo finished third in the same 900m heat and delighted his regular jockey Corey Brown while Shoot Out wasn't knocked about in sixth with Nash Rawiller aboard.

"He was really good. He's like an old bottle of red wine," Brown said of Rangirangdoo.

"He keeps getting better with age."

Group One winner Sincero got the better of Ahdashim late on in his 1030m trial, winning by a half head.

The Stephen Farley-trained Sincero has been earmarked for a race return in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) in Melbourne on Saturday week.

Black Opal winner Epaulette, who went within a short-half head of beating Pierro in the Todman Stakes in March, had a solid hitout as he defeated Raceway by a half neck in his 900m heat ahead of his scheduled return in the Group Three Run To The Rose.

"He trialled nicely," Epaulette's trainer Peter Snowden said.

"He's running in the Run To The Rose on Saturday week and then going to the Golden Rose after that so his level of fitness needs to be up a bit."